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Susan Sarandon on failed romances: 'I do everything wrong'

Published 19/04/2016

Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon

The actress fears her failed romances slide because she is an "over-nurturer".

Actress Susan Sarandon is convinced she has been approaching romance all wrong for decades.

The 69-year-old star admits her ageing widow character in new movie The Meddler made her realise she's too busy interfering in other people's lives to truly find happiness in a relationship.

"The thing I miss about being in a relationship is really just being in love," the Thelma & Louise star tells Vulture. "I could definitely identify with (my character) Marnie, because I love doing little things for someone that I’m with, or writing little notes. All the things that are not cool, that you’re not supposed to do if you want to keep your man, I do them."

Susan has been single since splitting from Jonathan Bricklin last year (15). She started dating the young entrepreneur, who is 31 years her junior, shortly after her 21-year relationship with ex-partner Tim Robbins fizzled out. The couple was together from 1988 to 2009. Susan was also married to ex-husband Chris Sarandon from 1967 to 1979, and she romanced Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri, the father of her daughter, Eva.

And when the Oscar-winning actress reminisces about what went wrong in all her past, she is convinced a strong desire to care for her lovers may have been the underlying cause of the breakups.

"Someone gave me a book called Why Men Love B**ches," she shares. "I thought, 'Wow, I have done everything wrong my entire life. I’ve been too straightforward, I definitely talk about my needs constantly, I make excuses'. Yeah. I’m an over-nurturer."

Susan's new film The Meddler, which also stars Rose Byrne, reaches U.S. theatres on 22 April (16).

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